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Next time you’re in Finland…

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This is the national drink of Finland, or so I am told…

It is called a “long drink” and it is very refreshing. It’s a mix of gin and grapefruit soda (which didn’t sound very good at first) and one sip convinced me that we need to import this to the U.S.A. pronto! Or as the Finns would say “nopeasti”…

Back to the long drink and where it got it’s origin (according to wikipedia):

long drink or tall drink is an alcoholic mixed drink with a relatively large volume (> 12 cl, frequently 16–40 cl or between 5–9 fluid ounces).[1]

A long drink will have a tall glass full of mixer, in contrast to a short drink which has less mixer. Short drinks are generally stronger since both types tend to contain the same amount of alcohol. Long drinks are therefore generally more dilute than short drinks.

In Finland, long drink refers either to a mixed drink made from gin and, most commonly, grapefruit soda, or to a fermented drink that comes close to the taste of gin and grapefruit juice.

for more on this drink in Finland please click here.

Ok, back to the drink. I was lucky enough to have friends who brought a duffel bag back of this stuff from Finland and they were generous enough to share it with me.

It’s great over ice with lime. According to wikipedia, this same fast can be concocted with a 1 to 5 part mix of gin and grapefruit soda. If I get around to trying this with Squirt and some cheap gin, I’ll let you know if it’s worth a try.

But if you ever find yourself in Finland, order a Hartwall Long Drink and bring an extra duffel bag to bring back a stash!

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Baked Oatmeal is perfect for a snowy morning.

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When it’s cold, a warm breakfast is just what you need to start the day, and if it’s make-ahead, even better.

Baked Oatmeal is 1.easy 2.cheap 3.delicious. It’s more of a cake, than regular oatmeal, it’s not much to look at, but it’s very satisfying and perfect for a pre-skiing breakfast.

You have all of the ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator. Try adding different fruits, dried berries, or nuts to make it your own recipe. I added frozen raspberries since we still have lots from last summer. Next time I’ll use the frozen huckleberries, and another time I’ll add coconut…

Oh, and it’s gluten-free, too!

Here’s the recipe. Let me know what you think and how you revised it to make it yours…

Ingredients:

1/2 cup applesauce

3/4 sugar

2 eggs

1 cup milk (I used 2%, but any kind is fine)

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup frozen raspberries

topping:

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

1.Grease a 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ metal pan

2. Mix first 8 ingredients together. Pour into greased pan.

3. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top.

4. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

5. In the morning, remove pan from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pan in oven and bake for 35 minutes.

6. Spoon into bowls and serve with warm milk. Enjoy!

Serves 6-8.

 

 

Grapefruit Beer, breakfast of champs….

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I tried Stiegl Grapefruit Beer tonight, and it was really refreshing, delicious and curiously thirst quenching. The grapefruit flavor is right out in front and is the perfect compliment to the beer.

The Stiegl web site describes it as:

“The Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit is a mix of Stiegl-Goldbräu and fruit juice that is invariably natural and has no artificial sweeteners added to it. The grapefruit juice lends this a naturally cloudy appearance and a tangy fruit flavor, creating a succulent and fruity taste sensation with a refreshing finish.”

Sure, it’s not a manly-man IPA, but it’s one that I can drink without grimacing. It’ll be perfect for days on the lake, or after a day of skiing.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

DRY Soda is anything but dry and is fantastic!

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Summer is here and I’ve been looking for a refreshing beverage that is 1.low in sugar and 2.tasty 3.could serve as a mixer with vodka, etc.

Here it is! DRY Soda makes flavored seltzer water for adults. It’s all natural with only 4 ingredients! It comes from Seattle and the company is committed to helping small farmers and producers and giving back to those communities.

From their web site:

“DRY Soda is excited to continue its commitment to local food producers through DRY Gives Back. DRY Soda celebrates our country’s independent farmers and producers and we want to inspire others to seek out and buy local foods whenever possible. In addition, DRY Soda will continue to sponsor events that recognize and support local food and producers.”

It comes in multiple flavors: Blood Orange, Ginger, Vanilla Bean, Apple, Cherry, Rhubarb(!), Lavender, Juniper Berry, Cucumber, Wild Lime, and Pear. Not all flavors are available at all retailers.

I have tried the Cucumber and it’s perfect on a warm day, and might be great mixed with a little gin. The blood orange is just a hint bitter and very refreshing and the Vanilla is like a cream soda without all of the sugar. It takes me back to grade school field trips because Cream Soda was what I would bring with my sack lunch.

The sodas come in bottles and cans, and cost about $1.25 each and they are truly worth the cost. Visit their web site for all of the info.

I will be posting cocktails made with these soon. Here’s a link to DRY’s cocktail recipes.

Cheers!

Stealth Sugar-Free Candy…

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Halter Raspberry Bon Bons hail from Switzerland, and like all things Swiss, they exceed expectations in a quiet way.

First off, they are sugar-free, but they are delightfully sweet with no strange, fake taste.

Secondly, the package has a pleasant flip top.

Third, they are called Bon Bons, and who doesn’t love that term?

Lastly they’re Kosher and list the Rabbi who supervises the production.

I spotted these in a wonderful drug store, in La Jolla, that carried everything including imported candies. The store is called Burns Drugs and it’s the kind of place that you could spend hours finding things that you didn’t know that you needed.

Check out Halter’s web site www.halter-bonbons.ch   The site is very Euro and has advertising that makes us yanks laugh (see the photo of the man and the cow…what is going on here?)

Even so, their candies are charming and are worth a try when you spot them on a shelf.

Lavender and Blueberry in your chocolate

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Dagoba has a winner with this combination of lavender and blueberry in dark chocolate. I was a bit skeptical, so I bought a small square, and now I’ll need to go back for a full-sized bar.
The chocolate is very satisfying without being too sweet, and it’s organic, too. Win, win, win.

C Howard’s Guava Candy

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I can’t remember where I picked these up, but it’s been a while and they’ve been sitting on my shelf just waiting for me to sample them.
I am so glad that I finally opened the retro package. They have a nice, subtle guava flavor. They have the texture if a smartie, and they aren’t too sweet.
I will definitely buy those again.